Text and Photos: Rapha Aretakis
The beach of Buzios, on the north coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, keeps gems that go far beyond its natural beauty. The internationally famous balneary offers excellence in hospitality and good food in stunning scenery.
With air of Mediterranean beaches butgenuine Brazilian charm, the Vila d’este is a top lodging in Buzios. Very well located – in the correct distance from the buzz of Stones’ Street (Rua das Pedras) and the calm top of Humaita Hill –, the hotel has only 19 rooms distributed in a harmonious way, taking good advantage of the sloping topography. Two swimming pools are at the guest’s disposal, one at room temperature and the other, a charming infinity edge one, warmed and at anytime inviting. Is worth mentioning that both have the view of the bay and provide a perfect setting to watch the sunset while sipping a drink.On weekends, a guest DJ turns the deck into a charming lounge. The restaurant of Vila d’este, Egeo, which is open to the public, works on a large terrace leaning towards the sea. There, the Chef Abiliocooks wonders of Mediterranean cuisine with Brazilian signature. Snacks, salads, sandwiches and breakfast are also served there. Great food with amazing view!
In the surrounding area of Vila d’este are some of the most lovable beaches in Brazil. Most guests don’t intend to leave the hotel for anything but if the temptation to explore hits a bit harder, head to the beaches ofAzeda, Joao Fernandes, Ferradura, or, the more secludedForno. If you are looking for crowds, go to Geribá… Buzios has more than 25 beaches to relax on!Toget to some of them, from the pier on “Orla Bardot” – esplanade with a statue of the French actress Brigitte Bardot -, you can board on a water taxi, which is very unusual in Brazil.
Oh, and for those who are Spanish speakers, the language won’t be a barrier at all.Buzios probably has the greatest Argentinian population outside Argentina!
Rapha Aretakis is a travel writer and creator of the travel website Raphanomundo. Born in Recife – northeast of Brazil, believes that the world is too big to stand at one place only. She lives now in Curitiba after spending some springs in Stuttgart, Berlin and Sao Paulo.